JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Dates harvested from the Canal area in eastern Nangarhar province has been sold traditionally in the market due lack of required equipment, technology and facilities.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has planted around 2,800 trees in the in the Canal area 10 years earlier and it was expected that the trees would start yielding dates within four years.
However, the garden started producing dates later than expected and the yield increased last year.
Date harvest at the canal’s garden has been reached six tons this year — four times up compared to last year’s yield, officials said.
Eng. Abdul Qahar Haidari, the canal’s head, told Pajhwok Afghan News that due to lack of facilities and technical equipment the date harvest of the canal could be collected and sold traditionally.
He said efforts were underway to buy processing machinery till the date collected well and offer it to the bazar as well.
He said it was first time this year that the date garden’s harvest has been put up for bidding and to contract in Nangarhar.
Arsala Khan, a trader, who has purchased the date harvest against 510,000 afghanis this year, saying he was not sure to have advantage from it but he did so for the encourage of people to cultivate date trees at their lands.
Earlier, United Arab Emirate (UAE) envoy in Kabul had assured the authorities concerned over the creation of more gardens on 90 acres of land and further cooperation in this regard.